The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk has been out a little longer than the Treadmill Desk Platinum.
It was basically Nordictrack’s first attempt at making a treadmill with desk option and had some features that made it more attractive than several other walking workstations on the market.
The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk Platinum (full review here) is the next step up. It’s a newer version of the treadmill desk.
And judging by the look of things, it will probably be the one Nordictrack keeps around for the next few years as they’re showing signs of retiring the regular Desk Treadmill model.
So what’s the difference and which is best for you?
This post will show you the main differences between the Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Treadmill Desk Platinum. So you can choose the best fit for your home gym:
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Price
The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk comes in for less at around $999 direct from the Manufacturer here. The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk Platinum comes in just $500 above that at $1499 with Free Shipping here.
So is the extra $500 worth it on the Platinum model? Here are some of the differences between the two treadmills to help you decide:
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Incline Options
Incline basically raises the slope of your treadmill and helps you burn more calories while you walk. Traditional treadmill desks don’t have any incline options since they were only built to be walking workstations – not actual treadmills for heavy workouts.
This is the case with the regular desk treadmill model – there’s no incline on this model.
The Desk Treadmill Platinum does have incline however. You get from 0 – 10% incline which is a huge advantage over the regular Desk Treadmill model.
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Speed Limit
Again, most treadmill desks have very low speed limits when you compare them to regular treadmills. (The Lifespan desk treadmill for example gives you just up to 4.0 MPH – so you really can’t run on it).
The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk gives you up to 6.0 MPH – which was better than other models on the market.
But the Platinum model goes one better and gives you from 0 – 8 MPH. So this gives you more room to use it like a regular treadmill as well as a walking workstation.
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Motor Power
The motor on the Platinum model is, as you’d expect, much stronger – 3.0 HP vs 2.6 on the regular desk treadmill model.
What does this mean for you? Well, it basically can handle longer, more intense workouts with ease and hold up better over the long run.
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Belt Size
The regular treadmill desk model has a 55 inch long belt – which is still fairly decent and better than several other brands on the market.
However once again, the Platinum model goes one better and gives you a longer 60 inch belt. This is great for taller users or runners as they can pick up the pace without feeling like they’re right on the edge of the belt.
Nordictrack Treadmill Desk vs Platinum – Weight Capacity
The Nordictrack Treadmill desk has a weight capacity of 300 pounds whereas the Platinum model has a capacity of 350 pounds. So the Platinum model is a bit heavier and more stable. It can take more of a pounding and still hold up better over the long run.
The Nordictrack Treadmill Desk and Treadmill Desk Platinum share many of the same features like the large desk working area and reflex-deck cushioning which helps return energy to your stride.
They look so similar that it can be hard to tell them apart – but there are some key differences that can make a huge different to your workout.
The Platinum model is really built to work as both a walking workstation AND a regular treadmill – since it gives you incline, a longer belt and a stronger motor. So you can use it as 2-machines-in-1.
The regular desk treadmill model is more affordable – but it’s really only built to be used as a walking workstation – not a full-out, heavy workout treadmill.
So it really comes down to what you’re looking for in a treadmill desk.
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